President makes historic visit to Padiyathalawa
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has become the first Head of
State to have visited Padiyathalawa, an area coming within the Amapara
district in the Eastern Province.
People who warmly welcomed the President yesterday when he toured the
area, had told him that he was the first Head of State to have visited
the area after King Saddhatissa. President Rajapaksa toured
Padiyathalawa in the Ampara district after the area was freed from the
scourge of LTTE terrorism.
He began his tour after paying homage to the Sri Maha Bodhiya (a
branch of the Sri Maha Bodiya), Padiyadora Raja Maha Viharaya and
promised to provide assistance to the temple to complete the
construction work of the Dharmashala.
While being with the people of Padiyathalawa, the President
appreciated efforts of the children in putting up the Poson Thorana to
mark the Poson Poya. He also asked them about their education and paid
attention to their problems.
President Rajapaksa also took note of the development work in the
area and saw the resurgence in the social and religious fields and the
enthusiasm of the people registered in the emerging social milieu.
After visiting Ampara President Rajapaksa went to the Mulkirigala
Raja Maha Viharaya to attend the “Dam Ama Sarana” Poson Kalapaya
yesterday and also gifted a Buddha Statue after attending religious
ceremonies at the Temple.
The President and his delegation also were present at the Bakthi Gee
presentation by the three Armed Forces which was organised by
The Dam Ama Sarana Poson Kalapaya initiated by the Tharunyata Hetak
came into operation in the areas of Weeraketiya, Dammulla, Okawela,
Beliatta aud Beligalla. It will continue until July 5.
Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Shashindra Rajapaksa and
Tharunyata Hetak Association president, Namal Rajapaksa were also
present with the President.
President Rajapaksa then paid a visit to the Pantharama Temple at
Puvakdandawa, Beliatta and participated in religious ceremonies and
watched the Poson Perahera organised by the Temple.